Rehabilitation tests

In rehabilitation tests, the patient's professional ability and functional capacity as well as the health condition affecting them are analysed, taking into account the patient's individual strengths and living environment. The actual diagnosis and treatment of diseases takes place in basic or specialised health care.

Rehabilitation tests can also be conducted in the form of occupational rehabilitation testing where the rehabilitant's possibilities of coping in working life are tested or in the form of a rehabilitation test which serves as a basis for a rehabilitation plan.

Rehabilitation testing at Tays

Rehabilitation tests are conducted at the outpatient clinic to evaluate the effect of the client's diseases and injuries on professional ability and functional capacity and to explore possibilities for rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation tests are done for people in working life and adolescents about to start working who have diseases, injuries or disabilities that decrease professional ability or functional capacity. The goal can be e.g. staying employed, going back to employment, planning a path leading to education or employment, improving coping in every-day life or assessment of disability or partial disability.

The client is invited to the rehabilitation outpatient clinic to meet a physician, social worker, psychologist or rehabilitation counsellor. The order of tests is planned based on the referral. Often the testing begins by an initial interview with a social worker over the phone. The meetings can also be arranged with two different workers or working groups.

Sometimes an assessment is also needed from a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist or a mobility aid expert. When necessary, we organise a rehabilitation plan negotiation where family members, support persons or representatives from occupational health care or basic health care, the employment agency or Kela may participate, depending on the case.

Rehabilitation plan

Based on the rehabilitation tests, a rehabilitation plan is created which gives an opinion on medical and occupational rehabilitation needs. We look for options available from parties arranging rehabilitation, such as Kela, employee pension institutions or the employment administration, and advise how to apply for these services through social work and rehabilitation counselling and network collaboration. We write the required statements, such as the B2 statements required by Kela and employee pension institutes, or open statements for the employment administration.

The rehabilitation plan and the services are organised and implemented in practise by health care institutions and units, in the form of the client's personal efforts and actions or as purchased services, or by service institutions used by Kela based on statements presented to Kela.

The success of the rehabilitation plan depends on the rehabilitant's level of commitment and follow-up monitoring. The plan includes details on who is responsible for follow-up care; it is usually the occupational health physician or personal physician. Sometimes a rehabilitation counsellor at the rehabilitation testing outpatient clinic or a social worker can also continue the follow-up monitoring for a while.

Persons in charge

Deputy Chief Rehabilitation Physician Virpi Heikkinen
Rehabilitation Manager Tuula Haukka-Wacklin